British etiquette by Paddington


By Paddington Bear, London-based bear and marmalade connoisseur

Photography by StudioCanal

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NOVEMBER 2017

From navigating the Tube, to what to do in the West End, Paddington Bear gives us his top five London etiquette tips so you don’t put a paw wrong.

1. Stand on the right on escalators

You must always stand on the right-hand side of an escalator (moving stairs). If you are in a hurry you can walk on the left but never try to run the wrong way. I did this once and nearly had a nasty accident.

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Mr Brown took me for something to eat when I first arrived and he looked very embarrassed when I climbed on the table

2. Don’t climb on the table to eat

You should always sit on a chair in restaurants. Mr Brown took me for something to eat when I first arrived and he looked very embarrassed when I climbed on the table.

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  • Always thank the driver, especially if taking a snap on the famous Beatles’ crossing © Getty Images.

    Crossing lines

    You’ll find the famous crossing on the equally famous Abbey Road, where artists such as The Beatles and Pink Floyd have recorded albums, and the soundtrack for Star Wars was recorded.£101 pp

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3. Say thank you on pedestrian crossings

If you want to cross the road at a zebra crossing the traffic should stop for you, but it’s always polite to say thank you by waving a paw or even just nodding and smiling at the driver.

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4. Take off your hat in the theatre

It’s polite to take off your hat in the theatre or cinema. I once tried suggesting to the person behind me they could look through the holes in mine but for some reason they didn’t like the idea at all.

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5. Remember to queue

In Britain, I’ve discovered that people always stand in line for everything. It’s called queuing here and if you try to jump your place in the queue you will probably find people giving you one of my famous hard stares.

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See Paddington 2 in UK cinemas from 10 November 2017.